Artists Against AIDS
The Greater Community AIDS Project (GCAP) provides education and information about AIDS and AIDS prevention and direct services to people living with HIV/AIDS to a 10-county service area in East Central Illinois. Each year, the organization hosts Artists Against AIDS, a three-day event that raises funds for supportive services such as emergency assistance, nutrition, transitional/permanent housing, and peer education. The event attracts artists from across the country, art enthusiasts from the local community, and visitors from across the region. The Christie Foundation provided $500 in support for GCAP’s Artists Against AIDS event.
Champaign Kiss-A-Pig Gala
Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death by disease in the U.S. Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, and another estimated 7 million have the disease but haven’t yet been diagnosed. The American Diabetes Association Kiss-A-Pig fundraiser is a humorous contest between local celebrities, community leaders, and business people to raise funds for diabetes research and education programs such as summer camp for children with diabetes. The candidate raising the most has the ‘honor’ of kissing a pig at the organization’s April 13 gala in Champaign. The Christie Foundation provided $600 in support for the 2012 event.
Go Red For Women Luncheon
Heart disease is the number one killer of women, taking the life of one in three women each year. On average, nearly 46 women die from heart disease and stroke in Illinois each day. Prevention is key. The Go Red For Women luncheon provides inspirational experiences that motivate women to become proactive in improving their quality of life. Sessions at the February 17, 2012 event included Women & Heart Disease, Pelvic Pains & Varicose Veins, Healthy Eating Tips, and A Girlfriend’s Guide To Money. The Christie Foundation provided $1,500 in support for this event.
Alzheimer’s Connection Project
Champaign County has no centralized service connecting individuals and families to needed Alzheimer-related services. Through a new website, targeted direct services, and advocacy, Family Service of Champaign plans to change that. A grant of $5,000 from the Christie Foundation will help make this important new resource available to the region.
Healthy Living Classroom upgrades
WorkSource Enterprises provides Vermilion County residents with disabilities with employment choices and options, enabling independence and vocational success in the community. Classroom space is important for teaching participants courses in nutrition, health, fitness, life skills, and job skills. A $5,000 grant from the Christie Foundation will help make important upgrades to this education-based program serving those with disabilities.
Bringing together physicians, employers, insurers, attorneys, unions, and others, the 19th Annual Work Injury Conference will provide a forum for participants to discuss strategies aimed at improving the Illinois Worker’s Compensation System. A $500 grant will help make this year’s conference possible.
Tree of Hope
Developmental Services Center’s Tree of Hope Campaign gives individuals with developmental disabilities opportunities and experiences they would not otherwise have by providing services and support which enable them to live, work, learn, and participate in their communities. A $500 grant from the Christie Foundation was made to the 2011 DSC Tree of Hope Campaign.